Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove | Aplopelia larvata

Lemon Dove Information; Also Knows As The Cinnamon Dove

The Lemon Dove is a Southern African bird that belongs to the columbidae bird family group which includes birds such as Pigeons, Doves.

The description for the Lemon Dove (Latin name Aplopelia larvata) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Aplopelia larvata can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 360 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 280. You will find a picture of the Lemon Dove on page 273.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Cinnamon Dove in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Lemon Dove between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Lemon Dove is known in Afrikaans as Kaneelduifie.

The Lemon Dove has a height of 30 cms and weighs around 150 gms. The head is coloured grey, white while the bill is coloured black. The Aplopelia larvata has a white coloured throat, purple legs and a bronze, pink coloured back. The eyes are red.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey, white.

Eyes are red.

Bill is black.

Legs are purple.

Throat is white.

Back is bronze, pink.

Photo's & Differentiating Between Male, Female & Juveniles

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Male Adult  
Female Adult  
Non Breeding Plumage N/A

Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove Feeding Habits ...

The Lemon Dove is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

The Aplopelia larvata forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Lemon Dove is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 3 eggs and they are coloured cream.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Lemon Dove is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.